With Antonio Conte taking the reins at Chelsea after Euro 2016, there seems no end to the transfer rumour mill this summer.
The latest piece of speculation doing the rounds in west London regards a swap deal with Manchester United. It appears the Blues could be willing to do business with their old manager Jose Mourinho.
Nemanja Matic proves the man proposed to leave with Matteo Darmian moving the other way. If such a deal does materialize though, there can be little doubting that Chelsea would be the vast beneficiaries.
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The arrival of Mourinho at Old Trafford has certainly spiced up the transfer window. Matic being linked to Manchester is nothing new, but the Portuguese’s arrival has seen speculation accelerate.
The Special One’s enthusiasm to snatch the Serbian is clearly to an extent that he is willing to sacrifice a member of his squad. This has emerged as Italian left-back Darmian.
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The Evening Standard has been one of numerous publications to add fuel to the fire.
Such a deal would prove nothing short of a shock though. Player swaps are often rare on such a large scale and never mind behind two Premier League giants.
In addition, considering Mourinho’s history with Chelsea, it could emerge as one of the most intriguing plots of the summer. After all, signing the Serbian midfielder for the second time in less than three years would undoubtedly cause a stir.
Matic has been in tumultuous form ever since the Blues’ 2015-16 campaign kicked off last August. Even upon the mid-season managerial switch, the 27-year-old failed to snap out of his struggles.
With big money still potentially on the line for the Serbian and numerous exciting alternatives lined-up, selling Matic would prove little detriment.
In fact, with Darmian perhaps coming the other way, it could prove a no-brainer.
Chelsea have had a serious issue with full-backs over the course of the last year with their shallow arsenal presenting numerous squad issues.
Branislav Ivanovic has appeared the shadow of the player he used to be and Cesar Azpilicueta has been played out of position at left-back. Furthermore, Baba Rahman has proven something of a liability in his inaugural season with Chelsea.
Consequently, the arrival of Darmian would go a long way in addressing this underlying issue.
At age 26, Darmian would have many a year to commit to the Blues and has Premier League experience in tandem also. Moreover, last season saw him settle well in English football and rack up an impressive 39 appearances.
With his consistency and immaculate defending, he shares many traits with Azpilicueta. If the Italian arrived, the Stamford Bridge side could edge towards impregnability on the defensive flanks.
While no deal is currently in place, Chelsea should certainly push for a Matic-Darmian swap if it does materialize.
In losing one of the club’s worst performers in recent months and acquiring a solution to one of their biggest issues, it’s a win-win for the Blues. Supporters should certainly be hoping that the Red Devils take the bait.
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